The Archived by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Tiff recommended this so long ago; now that I finally read it, I wish I had read it sooner! It was so good; action-packed all taking place within an old hotel, The Coronado. Mackenzie has a grandfather with special powers and as she grows up, he passes on his knowledge so one day she can take his place as a Keeper, one who returns histories (dead people) who have slipped back to The Archive. There are Keepers, Librarians, and Crew, and Mac is such a tenacious, tough, yet sensitive character. It is the death of her little brother, Ben that sends and keeps Mac in an inconsolable state, while still returning the histories. I loved Wesley; he lives in her hotel as well with his little sister. There is so much to his character---you have to read the book. I also enjoyed Owen and Roland. There is a mystery taking place in The Archive and MacKenzie wants to solve it but she can't really tell anyone about it. As she helps her parents get ready to open their coffee shop (maybe this will help them move on without Ben) Mac has too much work to do with the names appearing on her list that she must return to The Archive. Something is not right within the walls of the hotel and MacKenzie's abilities as a Keeper are sorely tested as she lies her way to answers. Schwab's book was so visually appealing and loved where Keepers could touch others and read/feel their thoughts and their past. MacKenzie works hard to try to trust and with living with the noise that is the job of a keeper. One good thing about reading this so late after I got it, I only have to wait until January for Unbound #8!!!
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